Ready for Freshman Year

After playing injured through his junior season, Dutchtown High safety Eric Reid bounced back to form with a senior year and Army All-American Bowl week that launched him into the top-five safety prospects in the country.

For the stargazers, Eric Reid is a commitment that LSU fans can appreciate.

After undergoing shoulder surgery last spring, Reid was set to play his first season of injury-free football – a senior campaign that he wrapped up with 50 tackles, four interceptions, six deflected passes, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles.

“To stay healthy and be able to dominate, it was a great confidence booster,” Reid said. “I was able to help my teammates at Dutchtown out, because I wasn’t at full speed in the past. Then I carried that over and showcased my skills when I went to San Antonio for the Army All-American game.”

After the first practice in San Antonio, the four-star prospect made an appearance on the West Team Fab Five. When the new Scout rankings were released last week, Reid jumped to the No. 4 ranked safety in the country.

“It’s a good individual accomplishment, but I think it shows even more that LSU was able to recognize my talents early and lock me up ahead of time,” Reid said. “When I go out to those sort of events, I just want to represent the Tiger name.”

This weekend Reid made the drive from Geismar to Baton Rouge, where LSU starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson hosted the four-star prospect during his official visit.

“Jordan was really down to earth, and he showed me the team side of things, which is something I had not gotten to fully experience before,” Reid said. “We hung out over at Stevan Ridley’s apartment and went out to eat, things like that. Just being around all the other commitments, as well as the team, was a relaxing experience.”

Five-star wide receiver Trovon Reed, one of the few uncommitted prospects to make the trip, was another name that Reid was able to spend time with.

Recently, the pair found out that they were related.

“My grandmother was reading an article on the two of us and she thought she recognized someone from his family,” Reid said. “She looked through some old stuff and figured out that Trovon and I are distant cousins, so that was pretty funny to hear.”

The two spent a week in San Antonio together before making their visits to Baton Rouge, ample time for Reid to gauge where the Thibodaux High wide receiver stands with his process.

“When we were in San Antonio, Trovon was telling everyone that he wished that Louisiana people could accept his commitment to Auburn and understand that LSU might not be the best place for him,” Reid said. “After being around the LSU coaches, players and other commitments this weekend, I got a different feel from him.

“I am not saying that he will be committing to LSU, but I know that it is really making him think hard about things,” he added. “Having Mike Davis and Justin Hunter leave the class is starting to weigh on his mind, because the coaches are letting him know that they need receivers pretty bad. I think the next two weeks will be a tough time for him.”

For Reid, the decision is one that won’t sway from the pledge he gave Les Miles last March.

“I am 100-percent LSU, just as I always have been,” he said. “With Chad Jones leaving, coach [Ron] Cooper told me that I have the shot to come in and compete for one of the safety spots, because both of them will be open. He also said that at times, for instance on some third down calls, they would like to get six defensive backs on the field, and that I could be one of them.

“That got me pretty pumped,” he added. “At the least, I know I will be getting some special teams work in. And once I put on the purple and gold jersey, it will be tough for anyone to slow me down.”

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